This is the circulation between the deep cold water and warmer surface waters of the entire ocean worldwide. Since the temperature and salinity of ocean water varies in different parts of the world, these forces drive a huge current system that is different than smaller currents that cause waves onto shore and along side it (longshore current). Thermohaline circulation is also called the Global Ocean Conveyor. It is this huge current that could get disrupted if global warming persists, causing Northern Europe to be similar in climate to Alaska.
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